One of the biggest problems facing someone trying to lose weight, is trying to balance life and dieting. Many times the biggest hurdle for people can be avoiding the unhealthy snacks or single day binges that undo an entire weeks worth of hard work. There are a ton of products on the market that claim to "aid weight loss" that don't help with the actual dieting portion of things. They work very well if the diet is in order, but do nothing to help control the cravings that will ruin that diet.
Today, we find blood sugar disorders in more people than ever before, and at ever-younger ages. The concept is no longer apropos that only indulgent, over-sweetened, aging adults develop blood sugar disorders. And the problem has spread world-wide, to Jordan, India, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, South Africa and even Afghanistan to name a few of the countries afflicted.
As the epidemic expands, we find ourselves with 366 million diabetics worldwide at the end of 2011, and an annual death count of 4.6 million. The economic costs are astounding at an estimated 465 billion dollars per year. These are the latest Diabetes Atlas figures from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
Vibrant Health's Metabolic Vibrance took a different approach.
By focusing on regulating blood sugar, the cravings can be controlled, and the repercussions of snacking can be minimized. Metabolic Vibrance is a blend of concentrated natural foods rich in trace nutrients, polyphenols, essential minerals, carnitine, plant extracts, and antioxidants recognized to help in the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels.
Identify the Cause
The period prior to, through and immediately after World War II saw tremendous advances in chemical medicine, in agricultural science and, quite significantly, in food processing. New technologies helped deliver the necessary C-Rations and K-Rations foods to millions of soldiers fighting across the globe. After the war, the new technologies were re-deployed against the consuming public at home.
It is legitimate to propose that the incidence of blood sugar disorders in the form of diabetes and hypoglycemia is accelerating because adults and children of today have been raised on post World War II diets that are too dependent on processed foods and too deficient, therefore, in trace nutrients. Most significantly, minerals in particular and phytochemicals we are only recently coming to understand, have been lost during the growing, washing, storing, hulling, drying, grinding, roasting, freezing, boiling, pressing, gassing, rolling and frying of our modern, convenience foods. Science has identified specific roles for many of those lost nutrients in the regulation of normal blood sugar.
Attempts at wholistic control of blood sugar disorders and protection against their complications can be made on several fronts. Exercise and weight reduction are of paramount importance in the battle to re-establish normal blood sugar control. A whole foods diet is certainly mandatory. An organic, virtually grain and starch free diet that seeks to maximize trace nutrient content is ideal. Including sea vegetables liberally would be one way to assure continued presence of trace minerals key to balancing blood sugar.
Dietary supplements ranging from simple but highly nutritious yeast through multiple vitamin and mineral tablets to specialized, sophisticated formulas could help body systems reorient themselves toward normal operation. These supplements and lifestyle changes could do much to lower elevated insulin and/or blood sugar levels, or raise lagging blood sugar.
Given that we cannot expect a universal and instant awakening to the dangers of the modern diet, we must find other means to combat its ill effects.
A five-point holistic approach:
1.) Diet can be modified to reduce the amount of glucose-producing foods (i.e. starches and sugars.)
2.) The inflow of glucose can be inhibited by high fiber diets rich in protein and adequate in fat. All three macro-nutrients, protein, fat and fiber, are known to delay conversion of starch to glucose by the intestinal lining and to delay sugar absorption from the gut.
3.) We can suppress endogenous (inside the body) glucose production by the liver with supplements rich in caffeic and chlorogenic acids like blueberry leaf extract and blueberry leaf tea.
4.) We can stimulate intracellular (inside the cell) glucose metabolism with substances such as cinnamon and caffeic acid, found widely in plants.
5.) We can enhance the ability of insulin to stimulate glucose transporting proteins (GTPs) through supplementation with trace minerals and corosolic acid.
Ayurveda - The Science of Long Life
The goal of ayurveda, is to heal the body through natural remedies in order to achieve optimal wellness. Many herbs from this category work very well in terms of achieving and maintaining healthy blood glucose levels. For example, Gymnema Sylvestre is believed to help decrease the absorption of sugar in the intestines. Holy Basil is another herb that has shown to help maintain healthy sugar levels. Cinnamon has been shown to reduce fasted blood glucose levels, and can also maintain healthy insulin response. Banaba leaf is an ingredient that can help process the sugars, in order to make the body better able to utilize them.
We believe specialized supplements should include specific dietary fibers, trace nutrients, new bioactive botanical extracts, and key trace minerals known to normalize secretion of insulin and metabolism of blood glucose. For example, vanadium, chromium, zinc, manganese and copper are known to help, with vanadium and chromium alleged to mimic insulins action in opening cell membranes to the entry of glucose.
Caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid plus certain fibers, all of which can be concentrated in standardized botanical extracts, inhibit absorption of glucose from the intestine. Caffeic acid and other phytochemicals additionally enhance glucose metabolism within cells. These are some examples of the synergism that can be found within Metabolic Vibrance, a formula designed to help restore missing nutrients required for normal blood sugar, and to correct the biochemical confusion that leads to blood sugar disorders.
Metabolic Vibrance is intended to mark the path to a more wholistic approach to blood sugar control. Nutrients in Metabolic Vibrance have been selected for their role in supporting normal insulin uptake at the cellular level by providing a correct balance of nutrients associated with normal glucose metabolism within cells. Other ingredients inhibit the conversion of dietary carbohydrate to blood sugar at the border of the intestinal lining to help maintain normal blood sugar levels.
Antioxidant supplements can reduce peroxidation and improve overall antioxidant status, helping raise levels of cellular antioxidant enzymes normally suppressed by elevated blood sugar. Some key antioxidants identified by science with application in protecting against the effects of elevated blood sugar are in Metabolic Vibrance.
Additional antioxidant formulas are also available. They include Green Vibrance, Super Natural C, Rainbow Vibrance and CranMax. All supplements targeted for blood sugar management are most effective as part of a well designed whole food diet low in grain and starch, combined with exercise and a diet of multiple small meals rich in fresh vegetables and protein.
There is also a blend of L-Carnitines, an amino acid that is responsible for the conversion of fat to energy. This helps boost the metabolism, burning fat while also increasing energy levels. Along with this is alpha-lipoic-acid, an ingredient that is critical for boosting aerobic metabolism.
These natural ingredients combine to provide a solution for optimal wellness.